business news in context, analysis with attitude

•  Hy-Vee yesterday announced that "it has expanded its partnership with Instacart," integrating "Instacart’s fulfillment capabilities for same-day delivery into its owned and operated websites and apps."

According to the announcement, "Instacart’s Fulfillment as a Service offering makes it easy for retailers to plug Instacart fulfillment technology into their existing e-commerce via API, seamlessly integrating with their storefronts and brand identity. Retailers can choose from flexible options, including full-service order fulfillment, where Instacart’s network of nearly 600,000 shoppers assist with picking, packing and delivery. Alternatively, retailers can opt for pickup or delivery-only services."


•  From WTOP in Washington, DC:

"After a year of successful testing, D.C. police announced this week they are expanding a program that allows Amazon customers to have their packages safely and securely delivered to lockers located at police stations.

"As part of the Amazon Lockers program, lockers have been installed at two additional police stations in Northwest D.C."

According to the story, "In 2022, the police department rolled out the program at the Sixth District’s main station and substation, establishing D.C. as the first city in the nation to implement the lockers outside of police stations.

"The issue of package thefts has been impacting neighborhoods citywide.

"Under the program, when D.C.-area residents place an order on Amazon, they will be shown an option to have their packages delivered to one of the currently-operating police station locker locations."